Ambassador, Montana Digital Academy
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The Governing Board of Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) invites applications for the position of MTDA Ambassador. Under the supervision of the Distance Learning Program Director, the MTDA Ambassador serves as a communication conduit, trainer, and master troubleshooter between the Montana Digital Academy and K-12 public schools across the state of Montana.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.
- Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
- Salary for this position is $65,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
- Bachelor’s degree in education, educational policy, or a related field.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to build and maintain working relationships with staff, faculty, and administrators.
- Proficient in Google Workspace for Education technology communication tools (i.e.Zoom, Google Chat, Google Meets)
- Ability to work independently outside of a formal office environment.
- Ability to plan, organize, and implement projects.
- Ability to quickly develop a strong understanding of MTDA programs and tools.
- Ability to utilize technology for data collection and communication with MTDA Montana and local school staff.
- Ability to travel regularly across Montana and out-of-state several times annually.
- Master’s Degree in Education, or Educational Administration, or equivalent.
- Experience working with online and/or blended learning or technology-related programs in secondary schools.
- Experience implementing distance learning in a middle school or high school.
- Experience teaching and/or developing courses in an online environment.
- Experience working in or with schools in Montana.
- Experience teaching in a K-12 classroom (either online or face-to-face).
About UM and MTDA
The University of Montana is a flagship, research-intensive R1 institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains where three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.
Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) is the statewide digital online school for the State of Montana. Created by the Montana legislature in 2009 in MCA 20-7-1201 which authorized its creation and located it at the University of Montana. The purposes of the MTDA are to:
a. make remote instruction opportunities available to all school-age children through public school districts in the state, including students who are enrolled on a part-time basis; Remote instruction opportunities provided through the academy must include:
i. remote instruction developed in Montana and provided by highly qualified educators licensed in Montana; and
ii. additional high-quality remote instruction offerings through the Montana digital academy clearinghouse under [section 2].
b. maximize access to high-quality remote instruction through flexibility in licensure and endorsement. Remote instructors may include teachers who are licensed and endorsed in Montana or elsewhere in the area of instruction taught. When the remote instructor is not licensed and endorsed in Montana or elsewhere, the school district providing remote instruction through the academy shall assign an individual with a class 1, 2, 3, or 4 license under 20-4106 to facilitate pupil access to the remote instruction.
c. provide courses that empower pupils to become community, college, and career ready, including but not limited to:
i. core subject matters required under accreditation standards or school board policy;
ii. innovative educational programs, as defined in 15-30-3102; and
iii. proficiency-based courses.
MTDA and the University of Montana have established a unique, one-of-a-kind partnership, among the statewide online schools across the United States. MTDA is the only state online program that is a part of a College of Education at a major university.
To learn more about the University of Montana, please visit the links below.
o Video: Mission First, People Always
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.
Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.
Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 10, 2024 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)
Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.
Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through Indeed.com*.
- Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
- Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information
*Applying through Indeed.com or easy apply through Indeed.com may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.
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